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Is the Excitement Gone? Apple’s Incremental Innovation

Attention to detail. Finely crafted technology that opened up new ways of working and playing. Re-defining the user experience. That’s Apple’s hallmark ever since the Mac debuted decades ago. Today’s latest product event, replete with videos that ended abruptly as if not quite finished, demonstrations that failed to ignite the imagination and product features that,…

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How to Build a Successful Executive Intelligence Capability

In Part 1 we looked at why firms need executive intelligence and the challenges companies face in terms of capturing value from the onslaught of global data. In Part 2 we look  at the foundations for building a successful executive intelligence capability. Here are three main components to consider. 1) Patterns in Digital Anthropology –…

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Trump’s Shock and Awe About to Fizzle and Fade

As Labor Day weekend fast approaches Donald Trump continues to ride frothy waves of popularity baffling pollsters and pundits across the political spectrum. While he maintains a lead in numerous polls his campaign of alienation, insults and abuse has reached new extremes. During Trump’s own press conference this week journalist Jorge Ramos was physically escorted…

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What the China Stock Market Crash Really Tells Us (and What It Doesn’t)

Monday morning headlines were more sobering than a double shot of espresso, adding anxiety to an already tumultuous few weeks in China. The Shanghai index dropped 8.5%, in one day, again. This after a see-saw struggle to regain momentum with similar drops from mid-June’s dizzying peak of over 5,000. The consequences of such a serious…

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China Devaluation Latest Sign of Market Weakness

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) devalued the renminbi yesterday in the latest sign that market forces continue to weaken in the world’s second largest economy. Exports have fallen. Growth is likely far slower than the official 7% rate. Electricity usage is down. Steel production has declined. Infrastructure investment yields less impact. Even demographics highlight…

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Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is In North Korea?

In yet another bizarre move by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, official time in Pyongyang will officially roll back 30 minutes on August 15th. While not unheard of in the annals of geopolitics (New Delhi and Islamabad diverge by half an hour as well), the move is a decidedly cold war maneuver that matters…

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Why Firms Need Executive Intelligence (and not just social monitoring)

This is part one in a multi-part exploration of new developments in the field of executive intelligence. Most large firms now monitor the web and social media for comments about their products. Graphs and charts detail the likes, shares, words, demographics and geography of an increasingly global customer base. Many of these companies are not…

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U.S. Needs an Asia Re-Pivot

Legacy must be on Obama’s mind these days as his two-term presidency nears an end. It might seem early, but the approaching 2016 election cycle starts in earnest as soon as Hilary Clinton announces her candidacy. That could be only months away. Then the media cycle fills with coverage of every presidential hopeful’s latest utterance…

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Losing Iraq

It should come as no surprise that winning the peace in Iraq after winning the war a decade earlier proves harder in practice than in theory. After years of occupation, an election and billions of dollars in U.S. funding, the all-inclusive society of Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds has failed to materialize. A new military built…

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India Poised to Gain as China Troubles in South China Sea Escalate

The recent Philippine-Vietnam announcement on a coordinated response to China’s latest ocean drilling marks a significant shift in regional relations. Strains have been growing for some time. An unenforceable territorial dispute process has failed to resolve competing claims and anti-foreign sentiment is on the rise (in both Vietnam with riots against foreign factories and changing…

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